A report on the observation ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’ from 28 October 2019 to 2 November 2019 at the Academy
UGC had asked all educational institutions to observe Vigilance Week from 28 October 2019 to 2 November 2019. Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research, Tamaka, Kolar has always stood for higher values in life and it was with great pride that it observed ‘Vigilance Awareness Week’ from 28 October to 2 November 2019. The theme of this year’s vigilance week, as enunciated by the Vigilance Commission of India was ‘Integrity – a way of life’.
Observation of the event at the Academy started with administration of integrity pledge by the Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor of the Academy Dr Pradeep Kumar to a large gathering that included the higher officers of the Academy, staff and students. Speaking on the occasion, the Hon’ble Vice-chancellor stressed the importance of being vigilant on corruption. He called everyone to practice integrity in work and practice. I am thankful to Dr Madhavi Reddy who co-ordinated the inaugural event.
Inauguration of Integrity Club
Following oath taking, an Integrity Club was launched with the Vice-Chancellor as the Chairman of that club. Dr KNV Prasad, Registrar, Dr V Lakshmaiah, Medical Superintendent, Dr Ramesh, Professor of Physiotherapy pledged to take the Integrity Club forward. The constitution, rules and regulations and functioning of the Integrity Club will be formulated in the course of time. It may be mentioned here that the Central Vigilance Commission has particularly put an emphasis on integrity clubs as a means of educating the younger population of our society.
Poster and Slogan Competition
A poster-making and slogan presentation competition was held on 30 October 2019 as part of vigilance awareness week. Heartening is the fact that a large number of participants, mainly students, took part in the program. The posters drawn by Ms. KC Chandana, from Clinical Nutrition, Ms. Vincy, and Ms. Samadwinini, both from the department of Physiotherapy were adjudged first, second and third, respectively, by the judges. I am thankful to Dr Patil for co-ordinating the event, Dr Govindaraju, Casualty Chief Medical Officer and Dr Nagakumar, Professor of Orthopaedics who judged the posters created, and all the participants who took part in the event.
Human Chain Formation
Dr Lakshmaiah, Medical Superintendent, RLJ Hospital and Dr. Ananta Bhattacharya, Deputy Registrar inaugurated a Human Chain from the Out Patient Department, RLJ Hospital, Kolar to Kolar bus stand. This was an effort to make the members of the general public aware of the fight against corruption that we all have to wage. More than 200 participants took part in the event which was conducted between 10.30 AM and 12.30 PM on 2 November 2019, the concluding day of the vigilance awareness week. Pamphlets with the vigilance pledge printed were distributed among the public. In between, the participants explained the importance of vigilance awareness week and the importance of the fight against corruption to the members of the public. The banner and the placards used in the human chain event were developed and prepared by the participants themselves. Prior permission of the police had been taken for the event and the higher officials of the police department appreciated the initiative taken by the Academy. I am thankful to all the participants, Dr Ramesh Kumar for coordinating the event, and our chief guests who inaugurated the event.
A valedictory function was organized on 5 November 2019 to review the observation of the event as well as to give away prizes for the winners of various competitions conducted as part of the vigilance week. The Chancellor of the Academy Dr S Kumar and all other authorities of the Academy graced this valedictory function. Dr Kumar, in his speech observed that integrity should not be related to only corruption as there are many others facets for integrity. He also gave away awards to all the rpize winners.
I am thankful to the Academy for entrusting me this opportunity to organize the event, and I conclude my report with the hope that the initiative taken in forming the Vigilance Club will be carried forward and made into a powerful platform to ensure probity in public life.